In Tokyo, one of the most competitive areas for cuisine, there are many famous restaurants known for their high quality traditional Japanese course dinners. Here are 5 selected restaurants with both traditional and innovative qualities as well as a dedication to continual development.
Ichita is a restaurant with a sophisticated atmosphere that offers top quality, carefully prepared food. The owner's drive came to him while he was on a foreign exchange program. He wanted more people to see the good qualities of Japan, and the motivation has kept him creating new and sensational ideas.
There are 15,000 JPY (excl. tax), and 20,000 JPY (excl. tax) regular courses. There is also the limited blowfish course for 18,000 JPY (excl. tax), available from November to March. The soba noodles that conclude the course have an al dente texture and a stunning aroma for full satisfaction to end the meal.
Tagetsu, located in Kita Aoyama, is a restaurant that offers first-class traditional Japanese cuisine. Strictly selected seasonal ingredients are crafted into an elegant dish by the skillful owner-chef, who has trained in a number of fine-dining Japanese restaurants.
There are 12,000 JPY, 15,000 JPY, and 20,000 JPY (all excl. tax) dinner courses. The handpicked ingredients, stocked from Kansai, Hokuriku, and other regions, are cooked into beautiful and delicate dishes. This restaurant has counter seats, as well as private rooms with horigotatsu (a low table over a hole in the floor), or tables.
Okamoto is a restaurant where you can enjoy delicious and beautiful seasonal cuisine. Time spent in the purified and comfortable interior of this restaurant is special and luxurious.
The stunning food cooked by the head chef, trained in a long-established fine dining restaurant in Kyoto and other famous restaurants in Tokyo, is at once authentic and original. The quality of the food, cooked with supreme ingredients, technique, and performance, is simply artistic. This restaurant also has a wide variety of types of Japanese sake to suit the food. The lunch course is 13,000 JPY (excl. tax), and the dinner course is 20,000 JPY (excl. tax).
4. Japanese Cuisine Seizan
Japanese Cuisine Seizan is a restaurant located in a quiet residential area. The authentic and unique ideas of the young owner attract many discerning guests.
The menu is filled with dishes made to accentuate the quality of the ingredients, like grilled or charcoal-grilled seafood, meat, and vegetables, and the famous Potato Harihari (a dish decorated beautifully, with heated and shredded potato). There is a reasonably priced lunch course from 4,104 JPY (incl. tax), and the dinner course is 16,200 JPY (incl. tax).
RyuGin, located in Roppongi, is an ambitious restaurant that experiments with new ideas while maintaining the traditional quality of Japanese food. The owner-chef calls eight different markets around the country early each morning to carefully select his ingredients. Additionally, there is a wide selection of beverages, including Japanese sake, more than 200 different wines, and 18 different flavors (six to seven flavors are available regularly) of original teas to suit toasts, with a meal, or after a meal, for those who cannot drink alcohol. The course is 27,000 JPY (incl. tax).
Did you find a restaurant of interest? Please visit one of these restaurants while staying in Tokyo to experience top quality Japanese cuisine.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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